- February 14, 2013
Post submitted by Adrian Matanza, Former HRC Regional Field Director
This week, the Hawaii State Legislature reached a key legislative deadline in the 2013 session – scheduling a hearing for all bills referred to two committees. HB1109, the marriage equality bill, did not clear this procedural hurdle; as a result, although there are several procedural mechanisms by which the Legislature could move the bill this year, the more likely outcome is that marriage equality will be placed on hold for the remainder of 2013.
It’s not over.
The bill remains “alive” through 2014. We join Hawaii United for Marriage in encouraging supportive legislators to take affirmative steps to advance marriage equality now and to set the stage for action.
HRC thanks the Congressional delegation of Sen.Senator Brian Schatz, Sen. Mazie Hirono, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for their work to push forward this legislation.
Hawaii United for Marriage released this statement:
In Hawaii, respect for ohana is fundamental, and Hawaii United for Marriage is resolute in our mission to win marriage equality in our state. We commit today to expanding the conversation, strengthening our coalition and uniting the people of Hawaii behind the vision that all families – gay or straight – should receive equal treatment under the law. We look forward to continuing our mission to ensure passage of the bill.
We thank President Obama, Hawaii’s Congressional delegation, Governor Abercrombie, Mayor Caldwell, our allies in the Legislature, and the thousands of supporters who took action and spoke out for fairness.
Today is not the end of our work; it is merely a continuation of the struggle that started 20 years ago when Hawaii took its first steps on a long journey toward equal treatment for same-sex couples, sparking a nationwide (and worldwide) push for marriage equality.
The Human Rights Campaign joined with other organizations in Hawaii to form Hawaii United for Marriage, a strong coalition of local organizations, congregations, unions and businesses working together to secure marriage for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples. We dispatched two field staff to serve in senior campaign roles. HRC is committed to working with Hawaii United for Marriage in the next year to bring marriage equality to the Aloha State.